The Animal Side by Jean-christophe BaillyThe Animal Side by Jean-christophe Bailly

The Animal Side

byJean-christophe BaillyTranslated byCatherine Porter

Paperback | September 1, 2011

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The Animal Side is a manifesto on the importance of animals for human thought. It attempts to characterize the importance, for human beings, of the fact that animals exist. Adopting a philosophical and poetic approach, the book seeks to show that animals' ways of inhabiting the earth are, for human consciousness, an expansion and an exploration of what philosophers and poets have tried to name by speaking of the Open.

Beginning with the story of an encounter with a deer on a road at night, the book proceeds by showing that, beyond the diversity of animal life and the ways animals differ from human beings, there is a "layer of the perceptible" on which we all draw, humans and animals alike, in our own ways. At present, however, this layer itself is at risk. Thus the book can also be read as a defense and illustration of animals' modes of
being, and as a plea for their survival.

Jean-Christophe Bailly is Associate Professor at the cole Nationale Suprieure de la Nature et du Paysage, in Blois, France. His most recent book is The Instant and Its Shadow. Catherine Porter is Professor Emerita at SUNY College at Cortland, a former president of the Modern Language Association, and a renowned translator of French ph...
Title:The Animal SideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:100 pagesPublished:September 1, 2011Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823234444

ISBN - 13:9780823234448


Editorial Reviews

"Seductive in tone and style. It offers a seemingly simple yet powerful meditation on the larger role played by the animal kingdom."